My new favorite botanic garden – in Mexico!


I’m back home after a whirlwind visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for my niece’s wedding and my bags are still unpacked, but my photos are fully loaded and ready to post.

First up, the jardin botanico called El Charco del Ingenio, on the outskirts of town.

Between the high-desert plants, the sienna-toned architecture and religious signs like this one, this garden is otherwordly, and utterly sublime.  The 220 acres include a world-famous cactus collection, indigenous plant preserve, the most imaginative children’s garden I’d ever seen, ceremonial spaces and ruins, too – real ones!  (Chanticleer, you wish!)

I visited this past Sunday, Mexican Independence Day, when the famous Jardin in the center of town was festive with parades and brass bands, but this jardin was a quiet refuge.  It came as no surprise to learn that the Dalai Lama sanctified this site as a Peace Zone.

I came home with a bad case of Agave envy!

Lots of Mexican wildflowers were familiar to me – they’re “annuals” back home.

Some flowering plants I didn’t recognize.
This botanic garden comes with a canyon.

The Children’s Garden includes the stunning “Pollinators Garden” above and below.   Think this would work in Maryland?

More cool features in the Children’s Garden.


  1. This is the first time I realized I can’t click on the pictures here to enlarge them. Sigh. But they are tiny and gorgeous and I wish there were more, this place is on my list of “Why haven’t I heard of this before” travel spots now, so thanks!

  2. It looks a little like the Hill Country around Austin. Thanks for showing this, Susan. I’ve been to San Miguel de Allende (what a beautiful town!), but I didn’t get to see this garden. I’m sorry I missed it.

  3. Anne, glad you mentioned this problem and I’m going to write to our new WordPress guru right away to find out how to do it. I tried just uploading a large version, but that didn’t work.

  4. Interesting pics and I have never seen anything like that place before. Looks like a place that would interest enthusiasts of Rock Gardens. From what I can tell from the photos there would have been no need to carry a raincoat and an umbrella.

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